CodeBPS/GB/82
NameThe British Psychological Society; Division of Counselling Psychology; 1981-; (DCoP)
Corporate NameThe British Psychological Society
SubordinateDivision of Counselling Psychology
Dates1981-
Epithet (DCoP)
Parallel NameDCoP
Other NamesSpecial Group in Counselling Psychology 1982-1989
Counselling Psychology Section 1990-1994
DatesAndPlacesLeicester
AddressLeicester
RelationshipsSpecial Group in Counselling Psychology, the Counselling Psychology Section.
ActivityAfter a working party recommended the creation of a section in 1980 the Counselling Psychology was agreed December 1981 with its first meeting in January 1982 under the Chairmanship of Richard Nelson-Jones. There were 200 foundation members growing to 450 by December 1985. A working party was set up to consider the case for applying to form a Division of Counselling Psychology in 1985. Divisions had some overview on training and qualifications and so a working party of the Section was set up to consider the 'Essential Components in a Training Course for Counselling Psychologists.

There were 850 members by the end of 1987 and as the first step to becoming a Division - the Section applied for Special Group status in 1988 which was agreed by the Society in March 1989. The BPS Special Group in Counselling Psychology Group worked very closely with the BPS Membership and Qualifications Board to draft recommendations for a Diploma in Counselling Psychology.

In 1992 the Special Group at last achieved their goal of a Diploma in Counselling Psychology and started the process to become a Division [see BPS/02/02/02 BPS Division of Counselling Psychology DCOP] with an extraordinary meeting held in January 1994 which was ratified at the Society's AGM which also voted in favour of the title 'Chartered Counselling Psychologist'.

As well as regional groups there are also by 2018 special interest groups in Black and Asian Counselling Psychologists, Disability. IAPT, Learning Disability, Social Justice Networking and Special Interest Group, Spirituality (formed in 2013), Working in the NHS and Cancer Palliative Care.

In 2021 DCoP established the Environmental and Climate Crisis Workstream to develop and support the development of DCoP members’ personal, professional, scientific and social justice interests in relation to counselling psychology and the environmental and climate crisis.

The DCoP open up the 2021 DCoP annual conference by offering free registration to members of the Division and to undergraduate and postgraduate psychology students who are members of the BPS.

Counselling Psychology Section

1982 Chairman Richard Nelson-Jones Hon Sec Stephen Murgatroyd
1983 Chairman Richard Nelson-Jones Hon Sec Nick Edgerton
1984 Chairman Nick Edgerton Hon Sec James H Breese
1985 Chairman Nick Edgerton Hon Sec James H Breese
1986 Chairman Ray Wollfe Hon Sec James H Breese
1987 Chairman Ray Woolfe Hon Sec Carol M Shillito-Clarke
1988 Chairman Ray Woolfe Hon Sec Carol M Shillito-Clarke

Special Group in Counselling Psychology

1989 Chairman John Allen Hon Sec Bill Farrell
1990 Chairman John Allen Hon Sec Bill Farrell
1991 Chair Maye Taylor
1993 Chair Jennifer Elton Wilson Hon Sec Robert Borr

Division of Counselling Psychology

1994 Chair Jennifer Elton Wilson Hon Sec Waseem Alladin
1995 Chair Mary Watts Hon Sec Waseem Alladin
1996 Hon Sec Don Rawson
1997 Hon Sec Don Rawson
1998 Chair Alan Frankland Hon Sec Margaret Tholstrup
1999 Chair Diane Hammersley Hon Sec Margaret Tholstrup
2000 Chair Paul Hitchings Hon Sec Margaret Tholstrup
2001 Chair Pam James Hon Sec Jill Mytton
2002 Chair Jill Wilkinson Hon Sec Jill Mytton
2003 Chair Stephen Munt Hon Sec Jill Mytton
2004 Chair Alan Bellamy Hon Sec Jennie Rowden
2005 Chair Martin Milton
2006 Chair Susan Van Scoyoc
2007 Chair Malcolm Cross Hon Sec Pauline Rennie
2008 Chair Malcolm Cross
2009 Chair Malcolm Cross Barbara Douglas
2010 Chair Barbara Douglas
2011 Chair Peter Martin
2012 Chair Pam James Hon Sec Susan Stevans
2013 Chair Nicola Gale Hon Sec Daisy Best
2014 Chair Nicola Gale Hon Sec Daisy Best
2015 Chair Helen Nicholas
2016-18 Chair Maureen McIntosh
2018-20 Chair Christina Richards
2020-21 Chair Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano Hon Sec Yetunde Ade-Serrano
Related NameBPS/GB/487
BPS/GB/363
PublishedWorksPublications in Senate House:
Newsletters and Journals
Guidance & Assessment review. 1985-1991 later Selection and Development Review 1992-2008 later Assessment and Development Matters 2009-date
Occasional paperd (Division of Counselling Psychology. British Psychological Society). 1989-1998

Counselling psychology review c. 1986 - Counselling Psychology Section- previously Newsletter
International Coaching Psychology Review 2006 - electronic resource
The coaching psychologist .2005 - date

Psychology for careers counselling / Ruth Holdsworth. BPS and Macmillan 1982
Counselling and helping / Stephen Murgatroyd. Leicester : British Psychological Society ; London : Methuen, 1985.
The manager's guide to counselling at work / Michael Reddy. London : British Psychological Society and Methuen, 1987.

Coping with crises / Glenys Parry. Leicester : British Psychological Society and Routledge, 1990. Series Problems in practice.

Attributions, beliefs and constructs in counselling psychology /edited by David A. Lane. Leicester : British Psychological Society, c1989. Series Occasional paper / British Psychological Society, Counselling Psychology Section. Based on a Symposium held at the Annual Conference of the Society at the University of Leeds 1988.

Counselling for heart disease / Paul Bennett ; medical advisor, Alastair McDonald. Leicester : British Psychological Society ; 1993.

Counselling parents of children with chronic illness or disability / Hilton Davis. Leicester : BPS, 1993.

Counselling people with diabetes / by Richard Shillitoe. Leicester : British psychological society, 1994.

Counselling in obstetrics and gynaecology / Myra Hunter ; medical advisor Wendy Savage Leicester : British Psychological Society, 1994.

Counselling in terminal care and bereavement / Colin Murray Parkes, Marilyn Relf and Ann Couldrick. Leicester : British Psychological Society, 1996.

Counselling people with disfigurement / Eileen Bradbury ; edited by Hilton Davis. Leicester : British Psychological Society, 1996.

Professional therapeutic titles : myths and realities / edited by Ian James and Stephen Palmer. Leicester : British Psychological Society for the Division of Counselling Psychology, 1996. Series Division of Counselling Psychology occasional papers ; v.2.

The strange affliction of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark / by Peter Laungani. Leicester : British Psychological Society for the Division of Counselling Psychology, 1997. Series Division of Counselling Psychology occasional papers ; v.3

Issues in psychotherapy with lesbians and gay men : a survey of British psychologists / Martin Milton. Leicester : British Psychological Society, c1998. Series Occasional paper / British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology ; v. 4.

Counselling and communication skills for medical and health practitioners / edited by Rowan Bayne, Paula Nicolson, Ian Horton. Leicester : British Psychological Society, 1998.

Psychology and the reflective counsellor / Charles Legg. Leicester : British Psychological Society, 1998.
Counselling and helping carers / J. Mitchell Noon ; medical advisor: Alastair Macdonald. Leicester : BPS, 1999.

Communication in cancer care / Kathryn Nicholson Perry, Mary Burgess ; series editor, Hilton Davis. Malden, MA : British Psychological Society and BPS Blackwell, c2002.
SourceMaps of the structure of the Division and the members and functions of the different committees will be available at
the DCoP website see ,<http://www.bps.org.uk/dcop/join.cfm>, accessed November 30 2005
Bio sources taken from the Society's website www.bps.org.uk accessed 21/05/2005.
ConventionsInternational Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families - ISAAR(CPF) - Ottawa 1996 ISBN ISBN 0-9696035-3-3
National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997

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